Getting started

The Framework is a ‘road map’ of the skills and knowledge required for teaching those who struggle with literacy and/or have Dyslexia. There is a training manual to help you use the Framework here. You can use it in two ways:

  • As a self-assessment tool to identify areas for professional development
  • As a resource base that can suggest materials most relevant to you or your educational setting.

The Framework can help you create a tailor-made INSET. For more information on structuring an INSET using the Framework, see some of the suggestions below.

For more detailed ways of using the Framework, see ‘The Framework User’s Guide’.

To download a Training Manual to help you introduce the Framework to your school, please download the following documents:


There is also a screencast [6.41 minutes] or a brief intro video [2.45 minutes] to introduce the assessment process.

Introducing the Framework

The SENCO/CPD Lead may use any of the following methods to introduce the Framework:

Present an overview of the Framework using the Structured Worksheet and Treasure Hunt Documentation: 

Explain the structure and content of Framework using ‘Voiced-over presentation’ if required.

Showcase examples of Resources and additional features, such as ‘upload’ and ‘share’.

Show staff how to use the Framework for Self-Assessments, using Intro Video if required. This includes looking at a sample personalised report.

Give professionals an overview of different ways of using the Framework to support CPD, using ‘The Framework Users Guide’.


Using the Framework to support CPD in Schools

The Presentation shows you:

How to develop an INSET from personalised reports and/or group report.

How to develop an INSET from a ‘Resource’ based search.

Introduce the ‘Schools/FE-HE/Teacher Training Pages.

How to use the Framework to structure a staff team discussion.

Using the Framework for benchmarking the individual teacher and supporting a professional development portfolio.

Using the Framework to structure staff team workplace activities

Using the Framework to structure school development plans.


Using the Framework in Initial Teacher Training

The Framework can also be used for:

Benchmarking Student Progress before and after taking course or training programme

Using the Framework to structure assignments

Evaluating the content of an existing course

Writing new courses

Additional materials available to download:

PowerPoint Presentation on Phonics Screening Check (see Primary School Page)

PowerPoint Presentation on Using the Framework for Personalised Professional Development: Theories of Dyslexia (See Primary/Secondary School pages)


Self Assessment Tool:

There are six strands for self-assessment shown on the Home Page:

  • Language and Literacy
  • Theories of Dyslexia
  • Identification and Assessment
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Working and Communicating with Others
  • Professional Development.

You can take each strand separately, which will give you a personalised report based on your responses and a list of recommended resources.

You can use the Framework to:

  • assess yourself and your own knowledge and skills
  • mentor a colleague or NQT
  • appraise a whole department’s capacity to support those struggling with literacy
  • evaluate a school in respect of provision for the Dyslexic learner

For examples of how some schools have used the Framework, click here.

For a step-by-step video of how to do a self assessment, click here






Already registered with the
Dyslexia/SpLD Trust?

If you are already registered please log in below.